Posted on Monday, October 7th, 2013 by Angie Han
Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity landed with a huge splash this weekend, earning near-unanimous critical praise and exceeding all box office predictions to become the biggest October opening in history. Much of the appeal lay in the film’s verisimilitude. As several reviewers put it, Gravity is the closest that most of us non-astronauts will ever get to space.
But wowing general audiences who don’t know the first thing about actual space travel is one thing. Passing muster with experts is quite another. While astronaut Buzz Aldrin wrote that he was “extravagantly impressed,” astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson took to Twitter to point out everything the movie got wrong. Hit the jump to see what they had to say.
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For years we’ve heard that Alfonso Cuarón, director of Children of Men, wanted to make a space-set film like no other. Gravity has been the subject of rumor almost from the start, about how it would feature a very long unbroken “shot” as its opening sequence, about how a mixture of practical photography and CG would be combined to create an immersive and realistic vision of being stranded in space.
Unlike most rumors, most of the ones about Gravity were true. The film follows two astronauts, played by George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, and tracks Bullock’s character as a fairly routine spacewalk turns to disaster. It was shot with unusual methods and features an atypical soundtrack to create the sensation of being in space. And the general reaction to the 3D in the film has been very enthusiastic, especially when seen in IMAX. Our contributor Laremy Legel loved the film in Toronto, and now you have the chance to see it for yourself. So let us know; what did you think about Gravity? Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s way, way too early to guess what the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them might look like, but it’s never too soon to fantasize with producer David Heyman. Also after the jump:
- Sandra Bullock isn’t interested in The Heat 2
- New Fast & Furious 7 pic shows lots of cars, extras
- Night at the Museum 3 will shoot in London and Vancouver
- Futurama returns again, this time in The Simpsons
- Is Mad Max: Fury Road actually awesome?
- See more pics of Michael Bay hard at work on T4
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There are few theatrical experiences as intense as seeing Gravity on a giant screen in 3D. Alfonso Cuaron‘s latest film, opening October 4, is one of the most visually and sonically impressive films in recent memory as the two elements work in beautiful tandem to enthrall the audience. It’s a must-see in 3D because the third dimension is used very specifically to enhance the tension and sense of fear. You feel as if you’re right there, floating in space with two astronauts (Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) who are about to have a very bad day.
Below, watch a featurette which explains how Cuaron and company used 3D as a main character. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
This year has been a tough one for animated films. The Croods, Epic, Monsters University, Despicable Me 2, Turbo, and Planes all opened in the space of six months, and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, Free Birds, and Frozen are due out in the next several weeks. But so far at least, 2014 is shaping up to be a bit less crowded.
Earlier this week, Pixar announced that they were moving The Good Dinosaur from 2014 to 2015, leaving the company without a feature next year. Now Universal Studios is following suit, pushing their Minions spinoff from holiday 2014 to summer 2015. Get the details after the jump.
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Director Alfonso Cuarón is finally back, and he’s showing us truly amazing things.
Gravity is a technical marvel, an optical treat of the highest order. However, it can also lay claim to being one hell of a narrative, combining genius-level visuals with a taut script; the end result coming together as something really special. On the face of it, it’s the story of two NASA astronauts on a mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, and the obstacles they’ll have to overcome to survive in space. Really, Gravity is the age-old set-up in which humankind attempts to operate in an environment designed to kill. Indeed, though a far different film than Children of Men, both thematically and in terms of scope, Cuarón has created another film with weight, resonance, and a strong sense of style.
George Clooney and Sandra Bullock easily carry this briskly paced film, Bullock in particular (as Mission Specialist Ryan Stone). She turns in a remarkable performance, more textured and compelling than anything we’ve seen from her prior, including The Blind Side. Making the hostile setting of space the focal point of a film certainly comes with a huge element of risk, but I’m pleased to say everyone involved pulled it off. They’ve made a 90-minute cinematic gift for us.
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Here’s a new full trailer for Gravity, the Alfonso Cuarón movie that has wowed audiences, and earned a rave from James Cameron. It uses some of the same footage we’ve seen in the past, but does a little extra work to put it into context. The idea seems to be to tell audiences that might not know anything about the film just what the situation is, and (for those without imaginations) why it is so dire.
Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s hard to believe that it’s been seven long years since Alfonso Cuarón released his last movie, the dystopian sci-fi Children of Men. But at least he’s made his new film worth the wait, if early Venice Film Festival reviews are anything to go by.
Gravity stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as two astronauts — she a newbie, he a veteran. While on a mission, a bit of floating debris knocks into their shuttle, sending them floating into outer space and struggling to survive.
Reactions from an early test screening last year were mostly quite positive, and now that the film’s complete the praise is even more glowing. Hit the jump to see what the critics are saying.
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News of a new G.I. Joe film, the continuation of Pacific Rim and some crazy riffs on potential follow-ups are all in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump, read about the following.
- Jon Chu confirms Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis will be back for G.I. Joe 3.
- Sandra Bullock doesn’t think there will be a sequel to The Heat.
- Despite rumors, there are no plans to do a sequel to The Simpsons Movie.
- Gareth Edwards comes up with a hypothetical idea for a Godzilla sequel.
- James Wan says he’d love an electric car in Fast and Furious 7.
- Mel Gibson‘s brother wants to lend his voice to the Mad Max video game.
- Travis Beacham promises more Pacific Rim, at least in comics.
- Dolphin Tale 2 gets a greenlight and the whole gang is back.
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When we ran a video of the full Gravity panel from Comic Con, I lamented that for the time being, most people would have to digest the conversation without having the context provided by the long clip shown off in Hall H.
Things have changed. Warner Bros. has released what amounts to a new trailer, comprised of nearly two minutes of that footage, sans cuts. It is intense, scary, and demonstrates what looks like insanel accomplishment on a technical level. As astronauts played by George Clooney and Sandra Bullock work during a spacewalk, debris from a destroyed satellite comes hurtling toward them, and their routine mission turns deadly. Check it out below.
Updated: Warner Bros. has released a second single-shot “trailer” for Gravity, added below. We’ve also added a third clip/trailer, which features more conventional editing but is no less impressive. Read More »